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Diners' Choice: French restaurants in San Francisco Bay Area

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Updated 05 April 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall French cuisine in San Francisco Bay Area? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyses more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favourites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of L'Ardoise restaurant
4.9
4.9 (3257)
$31 to $50
French
The Castro
About the restaurant
French Bistro serving traditional and authentic fare in a cozy atmosphere.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 4 days ago
I love L’Ardoise! Classic French bistro food served with style by a very attentive staff.
A photo of Mathilde French Bistro restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2366)
$50 and over
French
SOMA
About the restaurant
Mathilde French Bistro is a quintessential French Bistro in the SOMA area of San Francisco. A cozy main dinning room and romantic patio room which is covered and heated, allowing year round dining.
The cuisine is traditional bistro faire, with its voted best in town French onion soup, baked escargots and duck confit. Soon as you set foot at Mathilde, you will feel like you are back in Paris.
Mathilde Bistro is also the sister restaurant of L'ardoise Bistro.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 6 days ago
Underrated restaurant in SF and great value. We always take family and friends visiting the city here and it has never disappointed.
A photo of Cote Ouest restaurant
4.9
4.9 (527)
$30 and under
French
Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio
About the restaurant
Côte Ouest Bistro is a contemporary French bistro led by partners Laurent Monchicourt & Martin Sarraih. In April, 2021, the pair transformed the former Baker Street Bistro into a modern 21st century neighborhood gem.

Nestle into one of our bay window seats and enjoy conversation over a plate of charcuterie with the perfect glass of Bordeaux. Chef Sarraih's prepares seasonal specialties as well as favorite French classics like Steak Frites, and Duck Confit. And the custard soaked Croissant French Toast is not to be missed if you stop by for brunch on our sunny terrace.

Top review
JayJayvip
Dined 4 days ago
Great neighborhood gem! The service is good and the food delicious! I’ve been there a few times now. I tried their croque monsieur in sauce béchamel served with delicious crispy fried, as well as trying their steak frites. For starters we always have the moules marinières very tasty and fresh. Their dessert menu is good as well.
A photo of Reve restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2379)
$50 and over
French
Lafayette
About the restaurant
Indoor / Standard Table = dining room. Outdoor = Patio / garden beautifully designed with plants & art. As of October 24, 2023 seating will be in an enclosed heated garden tent. Fully outdoor garden is available by phone only 7 days in advance, weather permitting.

RÊVE is not that snooty, splurge-on-your-anniversary kind of French restaurant. Au contraire.
This is your classic, everyday neighborhood French bistro run by Chef Paul Magu-Lecugy & his wife, Laura. That kind of cozy little place you’d imagine in Saint Michel or Saint Germain. Not smack dab in the middle of the 'burbs. But lucky for you, that’s exactly where 5-star chef Paul Magu will be paying homage to the French comfort food that he fell in love with as a boy growing up in Paris. We’re talking authentic French onion soup. Steamed mussels. Steak frites. And don’t forget creme brulee… 2021 & 2022 Michelin recognized Open Table guest favorite 2017-2023





Top review
MichealOvip
Dined 5 days ago
Excellent food with both traditional and creative dishes. Attentive, knowledgeable service. Pleasant atmosphere
A photo of Amélie Café and Wine Bar restaurant
4.9
4.9 (15)
$30 and under
French
Fairfax
About the restaurant
the Marin edition of Amelie
with large patio, enjoy our baked organic French goods: croissant baguette tarte
our french chef prepares a farm to table brunch, lunch and dinner
and a wine list curated by French sommelier and winemaker offering many options by the glass and bottle with a focus on French wine

Top review
Niffer
Dined 5 days ago
What a great little French bistro! The owner was the waiter and was very sweet and receptive of my friends and I. His recommendations were stellar, and the food was delicious. Cheeses on our cheese platter were out of this world and the baguette with the fancy butter was fantastic. I had the steak and the flavors were amazing on the pallet. For dessert I had chocolate mousse, and even though there were three of us, I think I ate the whole thing. Highly recommended sweet little neighborhood place that has character and kindness.
A photo of ONE65 Bistro restaurant
4.7
4.7 (122)
$50 and over
French
Downtown / Union Square
About the restaurant
The Bistro at ONE65 features 2, 3, or 4-course Prix Fixe dinner menus with multiple choices for each course, showcasing local, seasonal fare minimally prepared to allow the ingredients to shine. Guests can choose to sit by the open kitchen and interact with the culinary team for a unique experience, or, opt for the main dining room, with a trendy yet comfortable atmosphere.

ONE65 Bistro is located on the third floor of ONE65, located at 165 O'Farrell Street and just steps away from the heart of Union Square. The Bistro shares a building with ONE65 Patisserie and Boutique, Elements Bar & Lounge, and the Michelin awarded fine dining restaurant, O' by Claude Le Tohic.

Top review
SueBvip
Dined on 12 Apr 2024
Every dish of the restaurant week offering was outstanding. The onion tart was light while delivering rich flavor. The beef cheeks were almost like a rich beef pudding. The pineapple dessert was a lovely foil to the richness of the preceding dishes.
A photo of Chapeau restaurant
4.8
4.8 (3610)
$50 and over
French
Richmond District
About the restaurant
Chapeau! Offers both prix fixe $75 ( 3-course) per person or a la carte menu. We look forward to seeing everyone.
Please visit the updated menu on our website at www.chapeausf.com.
A bientôt !

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 12 Apr 2024
Delicious dinner with exceptional service in a family owned and operated restaurant. Each dish was better than the next, the broth for the mussels being a highlight. Staff had great knowledge of the wine list and was extremely personable. Lovely ambiance and full on a Thursday night which is always a great sign.
A photo of Walnut Creek Branch - La Sen Bistro restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1092)
$31 to $50
French
Walnut Creek
About the restaurant
La Sen Bistro in Walnut Creek is serving the parallel French-California classic samples of duck confit, rack of lamb, escargot, beef bourguignon and mussels - just to name a few. These great samples were recognized by the Diablo Magazine, San Francisco Chronicles, Contra Costa Times and San Jose Mercury News. In addition, these samples were also recognized by the Michelin Guide in 2007, 2010, 2011, and 2012.

Come join La Sen Bistro for a glass of wine and a taste of French-California cuisine. Cheers to good food and great companies. Bon Appetit!

Top review
creekrosevip
Dined 2 days ago
Food was delicious! We shared the salad with duck confit. I had shrimp with puff pastry & my friend the scallops. Both were great. The profiteroles we shared for dessert were a perfect ending. Our server recommended a wine that was an excellent pairing with all. Always love this restaurant!
A photo of Iron Gate restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2937)
$50 and over
French
Belmont
About the restaurant
Iron Gate offers excellent Continental cuisine in an elegant environment. The only restaurant with table site & flambe service in the bay area. Private Rooms available for 25 up to75 guests. The entire restaurant can be bought out for private parties.
Top review
CherG
Dined 3 days ago
Special occasions, intimate, delicious food, great service, old school table side cooking with a flair, enjoyable, can’t wait to go back.
A photo of Bistro Jeanty restaurant
4.8
4.8 (10617)
$31 to $50
French
Yountville
About the restaurant
In everyday French life, it is the Bistro that is woven into the daily pattern of meals and celebrations. The only French owned and operated restaurant in Napa Valley, Bistro Jeanty has been received by patrons from all over as a true French bistro. The warm interior is a reflection of the casual elegance you find in every meal. Classic dishes such as Mussels au vin rouge, Cassoulet, or of course Philippe’s famed Tomato soup make you feel as if you really have traveled into the French countryside. From all of us here at Bistro Jeanty we invite you to come and share in the excitement of dining.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Definitely one of the best restaurants, service, food and ambiance I’ve ever dined at.
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